Erik Sviatchenko addresses Celtic transfer rumours; sounds ready to leave FC Midtjylland

By John McGinley

June 27, 2021

Erik Sviatchenko has been asked about transfer reports linking him with a move to Celtic.

While he was non-committal about the Bhoys he does sound up for an exit from FC Midtjylland this summer.

The Daily Record reported, prior to the Champions League draw that will pit both sides against each other, that the Bhoys were keen on re-signing Sviatchenko this summer.

Initially brought to the club by Ronny Deila in January 2016, Sviatchenko would go on to play a crucial role in the Invincibles season as part of Brendan Rodgers’ team.

However, he ended up falling out of favour under Rodgers and returned to Midtjylland in 2018.

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Asked about the links to Celtic, Sviatchenko told Danish outlet Tipsbladet this weekend: ” It is always difficult to comment on such rumours. We’ll see what happens. It’s a cool club, but I actually do not know more than what it says. We have to see if there is anything in it.”

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When quizzed about the prospect of leaving Denmark for a bigger club in general, the big defender told Tipsbladet: “I know I have played at a super high level through three seasons now and I am in my best football age for a central defender.

“I have a huge experience both internationally and from different squads. Experience as a leader, so you can not just find that player everywhere.

“Of course, I also understand that Midtjylland is really happy that they have me. But we have also had a clear agreement and indication that when the right thing comes, I also get the chance for it.

“I have told my people that if the right thing comes, then, of course, I am really interested. And if not, then I have also indicated that I am obviously motivated and ready for new times [at Midtjylland]. So we have to see how it develops.”

Celtic are reported to be on the verge of signing Mario Vuskovic from Hajduk Split. It’s unclear how that would impact any potential move for Sviatchenko.

The Bhoys do need to sign multiple centre-halves this summer, especially if Kristoffer Ajer leaves the club as expected.

Erik Sviatchenko in action for Celtic / (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The move for Sviatchenko would be seen as a regression by some. However, he is unlikely to cost the world and could well be a useful first-team option. We already know he can perform at a high level for Celtic.

Signing both Vuskovic, a player with high potential but not much experience, as well as Sviatchenko, a player with tonnes of experience and European level ability, sounds like a winning ticket to me.

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